February 2024

News from the Foundation

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

DC Theater Arts Recognition for the Kentlands Community Players

 KCP was thrilled to have its production of “Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem” recognized in four categories by DC Theatre Arts’ 2023 Staff Favorites List:

  • Outstanding Community Productions
  • Outstanding Creative Components – Direction (Vanessa Markowitz) and Costume Design (Stephenie Yee)
  • Outstanding Community Performances/Ensemble
  • Outstanding Community Performances/Individual – Cor Estoll (Sherlock) and Pauline Griller-Mitchell (Mrs. Hudson)

Kudos to everyone involved in this production performed at our very own neighborhood theatre – the Gaithersburg Arts Barn!

Something to Warm Your Heart

Join the Gaithersburg Artist Collective for a fabulous evening of wine and art at our Candles & Cards Workshop, Saturday, February 10 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Carriage House (321 Kent Square Road). Celebrate love as you create unique handmade candles and cards!

Be sure to stop in Artists on Market (our not-for-profit, donor-supported storefront) to enjoy the “Art Beyond the Frame” exhibit running through March 10 and, of course, to shop our unique treasures and hand-crafted gifts for that someone special who warms your heart!

Artists on Market is also supporting a “Have a Heart” Fundraiser throughout February. With a suggested donation of $10-$20 to the American Heart Association, you will receive one of our artist-made hearts for your Valentine!

*Register in advance for the Candles & Cards Workshop via this QR code.

Explore the World of Foreign Films

Kentlands Film Society will continue its current season in March. A limited number of individual tickets may be available for purchase at the door; $12/person. For information on upcoming films, please visit the Film Society page at kentlands.org.

Next Film, March 10, 2024 – Frantz: Anna is a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed in the trenches of World War I. Adrien, a French veteran, mysteriously appears in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Anna gradually becomes closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz. (France/Germany – English subtitles.) Plan to stay after the film for the Critics Corner discussion. Wine will be sold before the movie. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

For Questions, email: kentlandsfilmsociety@gmail.com

Save the Date – More Musica Viva
Musica Viva Kentlands brings songs from “The Sound of Music” to the Gaithersburg Arts Barn on Saturday, April 6. This delightful theatrical music production features popular selections from the classic movie as performed by Catholic University students. The original production was performed to sold-out audiences at the Hartke Theatre. Proceeds from this Musica Viva “Fun-Raiser” event support the 2024 fall free concert to be held on the Kentlands Clubhouse Lawn. “Fun-Raiser” Tickets will be available for purchase via the Musica Viva Kentlands page on kentlands.org.

Can True Love Conquer All
Don’t miss Kentlands Community Players next production, “They’re Playing Our Song,” running April 12 – 28 at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.

In a story based on the real-life relationship of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, a wisecracking composer finds a new, offbeat lyricist, but initially, the match is not one made in heaven. The two undergo a series of trials and overcome hurdles before finding true love by the final curtain.

For Tickets, visit: https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recreation/performing-arts/theater

KCF Programs – Something for Everyone:

  • Gaithersburg Artist Collective / Artists on Market
  • Go Green Group
  • Kentlands Bridge Club
  • Kentlands Community Players
  • Kentlands Film Society
  • Kentlands Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting
  • Kentlands Music Jams
  • Kentlands/Lakelands 5K
  • Kentlands New Urbanism
  • Kentlands Photography Society
  • Kentlands Under the Lights
  • Kentlands Wine Club
  • Kentlands Writers Group
  • KidServe
  • Musica Viva Kentlands



The Kentlands Community Foundation offers numerous not-for-profit, donor-supported programs, events, and grassroots activities – all led by volunteers from right here within our own community – for the enjoyment of the wider community! To find out about volunteer opportunities or to learn more about the Foundation, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok, visit us at kentlands.org, or drop us an email at kentlands@kentlands.org.